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Labor Dept.: IBM has laid off 419 in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Labor says IBM Corp. has laid off 419 workers.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said Thursday that IBM informed the department that it would not object to the state disclosing the numbers.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday urged IBM to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities.

And the governor said if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration would release the number whether IBM wants to or not.

IBM doesn't make layoff numbers public. It reported them to the state, but told Vermont officials the number is commercially sensitive and exempt from disclosure under the law.